CRK’s 23rd Patron Dinner a Roaring Success
The 23rd Annual Patron Dinner was a tremendous success raising $270,000 for CRK’s education, enforcement and stewardship programs! The seated dinner and awards program was held at the Georgia Aquarium and attended by 520 guests from around the Chattahoochee River watershed.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper honored John Pruitt with the River Guardian Award and Stephanie Stuckey with the River Steward Award. See John Pruitt award video here.
Special guest, Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program, delivered a timely address on climate and the Chattahoochee watershed.
We are especially grateful to the Patron Dinner Presenting Sponsors: Colonial Pipeline, Cox Conserves, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation; River Benefactor Sponsors: encyclomedia, Patti and Don Ross, UPS; River Sustainer Sponsors: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; River Defender Sponsors: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AVEDA, City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, The Coca-Cola Company, Jennifer and Graham Dorian, Georgia Aquarium, Google, The Home Depot, Judy and Walter Hoyt, Hutchinson Traylor, Mary Jane and Dave Kirkpatrick, Mayberry Electric, Inc., The Sally and Peter Parsonson Foundation, The Shearon and Taylor Glover Foundation, Laura and Rutherford Seydel, Southwire, Stephanie Stuckey, SweetWater Brewing Company, Turner Enterprises, Inc.; River Advocate Sponsors: 755 Restaurant Corp., Antigal UNO, Susan and Carl Cofer, Emerald Hare, Georgia Crown, Bonnie and Mike Jackson, JST Foundation, Merrill Lynch/STG Partners, Nantahala Outdoor Center, PNC Bank, Smith Gambrell & Russell, TOTO USA, Melody Wilder Wilson and David Wilson.
On September 27 & 28, CRK also held the 2017 Climate Change Conference focused exclusively on climate change effects in the watershed and explored solutions for a resilient future for all who depend on the Chattahoochee River. More than 45 speakers and 250 attendees contributed to a stimulating learning experience and the promise of future collaboration was born. Dr. Marshall Shepherd and Paul Hawken, executive director of Project Drawdown were keynote speakers. CRK debuted its short film See Changes, available for viewing and sharing now.
Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on City of Atlanta Water Issues
On July 13, 2017, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our nonprofit partners (see list below), hosted the City of Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum on Greenspace at the Georgia State University Center. Following the forum, we invited all candidates for mayor to complete a questionnaire addressing pressing issues in the environmental area.
Two questions concerning water conservation and river protection were included in the questionnaire. Below are the answers provided by the candidates. Answers from candidates to the full list of questions can be found here.
See Changes Short Film
Do you See Changes in the Chattahoochee River watershed? The Chattahoochee River drains an immense area of 8,770 square miles — and we’re looking for people who can talk about the changes they’ve seen in the watershed over time.
Whether it’s the wildfires that burned in the Blue Ridge Mountains, low water flows in backyard streams, flooding in urban neighborhoods or extreme hot temperatures, we are interested in hearing stories from the people who live, work and play near the Chattahoochee River.
CRK put together a short documentary of the climatic and hydrologic changes witnessed by everyday people in communities throughout the watershed. For more details and to watch the film, click here.
Catch up with CRK by reading our Fall 2017 RiverCHAT Newsletter edition! Read the full newsletter, click here!
Highlights include: Atlanta’s drought, a feature on Mary Anne Lanier, our new partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, groundbreaking improvements to water quality at Pilgrim’s Pride in Gainesville and more!